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Old 04-13-2014, 04:48 PM
 
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I am concidering getting a root canal instead of an extraction for my molar.

I just want to know what it really feels like AFTER the procedure.

I thought a crown would be one and done but boy was I wrong

Thank you
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:02 PM
 
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Expect 2-3 days of mild soreness, typically OTC IBU or Tylenol will do the trick to cover the pain. Sometimes the 3rd day is the worst.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:09 PM
 
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I've never had any pain. The bill at the end of the service is the most painful
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:11 PM
 
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Normally if you need a root canal you will feel alot better afterwards. It gets rid of that "pressure" feeling in the tooth. Like other poster said, you will have some mild soreness for a few days. It takes awhile for an irritated nerve to settle down.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:29 PM
 
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Yep . . . the third day was the worst for me, too, and it wasn't as bad as it was before I had it done. The tooth was really getting painful!

I had some sensitivity for about a week, but each day after the third day or so got less an less.

Don't be afraid of the pain afterwards. They will generally give you a script for strong painkillers, but most people I know who had it done didn't need them for very long.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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The worst of it for me was the area where they injected the lidocaine, once it wore off. The soreness lasted a day.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:37 PM
 
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I've never had any pain. The bill at the end of the service is the most painful
Agree completely. The science of doing root canals has advanced mightily in recent years. It's so easy now.

The only pain is when you have to pay for it. LOL
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:25 AM
 
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You will feel mild soreness in your teeth and gum after going through root canal treatment. Otherwise, its all ok and also you will get rid of the pain and uneasiness you are going through.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:46 AM
 
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I keep reading horror stories on here and online.. about how the pain is worse after. I really cant take any worse pain at this point.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:54 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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It depends on the endodontist and your pain threshold. I still vividly remember an oral surgery to remove impacted molars over 25 years ago. My current dentist referred me to an endodontist for a root canal and I was a bit apprehensive because of the horror stories I had heard about them.

The endodontist gave me a prescription for pain medication the same day they scheduled the root canal so I could get it filled and have it ready beforehand. I filled it and never needed it. I did not experience ANY pain during the procedure or anytime afterward. She would rub the side of my jaw after inserting the needle and did not rush through anything. She stopped many times to ask how I was doing, if I was comfortable, etc. It was a wonderful experience as far as dental work goes. I would not hesitate to see her again.

So, I guess the moral of the story is...find the absolute BEST endodontist on your insurance and find a way to get to that person. Mine was a bit far out for me but well worth the drive.

Good luck to you.
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